I don't want to be overly protective and strict like my parents were but I also don't want to be too permissive.By the way, my husband was a late bloomer and started dating at 19. A Confused Mother Dear Mother, I completely understand why you are confused.adds that "The age for dating is different [in] every family," and that much depends on a particular child's level of preparedeness.She suggests parents sit down with their pre-teens to discuss the issue calmly, before it even comes up.This conversation will help you figure out if your child is ready. I didn't sneak around and date either because I didn't want to get into trouble with my parents.
But your child’s age isn’t the biggest factor to consider when deciding whether he’s ready to pursue a romantic relationship. For example, how does he handle his responsibilities? This is important to keep in mind for several reasons: Rather than targeting a specific age for dating, use this precious time to help your child work on his social skills. Talk through examples such as whether to lean in for a kiss now or to wait.Also keep in mind 1 Corinthians (NIV), which says, "'I have the right to do anything,' you say—but not everything is beneficial.'I have the right to do anything'—but not everything is constructive." We have many freedoms through Christ, but that doesn't mean that everything will be healthy or good for you.She is currently working on her MFA in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts."Acceptable" is such a loose term, so it's hard to say what is "acceptable" for any given person.